Woman who pistol whipped taxi driver released on
ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A woman who is accused of pistol-whipping a taxi
driver has been allowed to be released from custody on an unsecured bond.
Petersen, 35, of Wintberg who was arrested Friday made her initial court
appearance Monday morning to be advised of her rights on five charges – two
counts of third-degree assault, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal
possession of ammunition and disturbance of the peace.
Court Magistrate Henry Carr III found that there was probable cause to move the
case forward and reduced her bail from $75,000 to a $50,000 unsecured
bond. Magistrate Carr also ordered
Petersen to abide by a number of court-imposed bail conditions, which include
Petersen after a taxi driver reported that she pointed a handgun at him and
struck him in the head with it, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed
by Officer Jameel Febres.
The taxi driver
who was operating out of Red Hook picked up Petersen to take her home to
Wintberg for a fee of $20. Petersen got
into the front passenger seat of the taxi and then began yelling and cursing
profanities at the taxi driver as they were passing the area of Lindquist
Beach. The taxi driver told her to calm
down, but she refused, Febres wrote.
to Febres, Petersen took a firearm from her handbag, pointed it at the taxi
driver’s head and then pistol-whipped him on the side of the head. The taxi man managed to wrest the firearm
away from Petersen while he held her in a headlock. Petersen got out of the car, walked away into
the parking lot of Ace Hardware in Smith Bay and into the bush where police
later found her.
Police took Petersen
to the Mariel C. Newton Command holding cell and read her the constitutional
rights. She then began spitting at
officers, banging her head against the wall and aggressively kicking the cell.
Police transported Petersen to Schneider hospital due to her behavior. She cursed the hospital security staff and
refused any medical attention, according to Febres.
scheduled to return to court on May 18 for her arraignment hearing, at which
she will formally answer to the charges.